Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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5/5 rDev +29.5%
This is where other beers come to be decimated and pronounced simpleton swills of bulging Amerigo. In fact this is the war of the worlds brew that comes out of the ground and goes GEEE GLEEENNNNK and then starts zapping people and turns them to quivering dust piles. I saw a man carrying a case of Bud Light walking in 95 degree heat as I was driving towards the Jolly Pumpkin headquarters today and I cursed his existence and made inside my brain those exact same GLLLEEEKEKKEKE sounds and he was gone from the face of the planet beer. I pulled in and mooched three samples with this being the last and bought three bottles with this being the first tasted. What you have here is a copper bodice and the queen is being fed chinked off pieces of the Sphinx and grape wine and the blood of three virgins. Her hair is flaming and her mouth is cursed with the comprachico's everpresent and everlasting grin-smirk-smile. You have a porter with God's little magic wand in it making a mushroom cloud of exploding suds that implodes from the center down in a burst of purple froth. You have to harness this head because it whips around and screams and threatens to put your life in the dustbowl if you don't dive right in and be overcome by excellence.
08-11-2006 17:50:29 | More by thelagerheads
5/5 rDev +29.5%
Appearance: Pitch black with plenty of golden brown lace.
Smell: Instant vinegary sour presence with coffee and chocolate notes; (Complexly challenging, but lovely).
Taste: Skips tart and goes straight to sour apple or so. Notes of coffee bitterness and dark chocolate bitterness do shine through as well. Roasted flavor lingering a little bit too, (All awesome).
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied feel with a mild tickle sensation.
Overall: I found it hard to rate such an ingenious brew negatively.
So far I haven't had a Jolly Pumpkin that's done anything except make my taste buds sing. Sour is sour. So, if that doesn't work for you, don't be ashamed. It might simply be an acquired taste.
Stay parched my friends!
08-17-2012 21:46:39 | More by Bearski-Beerski
5/5 rDev +29.5%
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura
750 ml bottle
Moderate pour in a goblet and tulip glass
Released January '07, plunged into 05/07
Poured black with a large mostly lasting rocky and fluffy light brown head and good lacing.
Smelt of strong coffee, dark chocolate, clean fresh oak, sour grapes and cherries, bandaids, and lighter notes of different variations of the above. You could say licorice, plums, tar, or even frigging rainbows, because as dark as this is, it even smells like rainbows. A very evil rainbow.
Taste was upfront strong to harsh sour dark fruit, like concord grape skins or cherries or and moderate roast and burnt malt followed by strong bitter and sourness, touches of oak, and coffee, and bliss, on a long finish.
Palate was medium bodied, slightly oily on a slightly dry finish, lively carbonated, and lightly puckering.
Overall, it's a refreshing summer stout! Sour and feels light bodied. A huge palate punch that makes you turn the other cheek and beg for more. Magical. Dark Magic. Mommy!
05-13-2007 20:34:54 | More by xav33
Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.